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Health Insurance Options for Veterans

As a U.S. veteran, you have several options when it comes to protecting your and your family’s health. You can get quality, affordable health coverage from Maryland Health Connection, Maryland’s official health insurance marketplace.

What you should know about your coverage options:

  • If you are enrolled in coverage through the Veterans Administration’s health care program (or another program like TRICARE or CHAMPVA, Spina Bifida and Children of Women Vietnam Veterans), you meet the requirement under the Affordable Care Act to have health insurance.
  • If you or your family members are not covered through VA programs, or you would like to supplement this coverage with another health plan, you may enroll in coverage through Maryland Health Connection. Depending on your income, you or members of your family may qualify for Medicaid through Maryland Health Connection and receive free or low-cost health care. Enrollment in Medicaid and the Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) is year-round.
  • All Maryland Health Connection plans cover comprehensive essential benefits, such as doctor visits, prescriptions, hospitalizations and free preventive care.
  • If you are not covered through a VA program, you also may qualify for financial help to lower the cost of insurance. Nine of 10 people who enrolled through Maryland Health Connection last year qualified. Maryland Health Connection is the only place you can get financial help to lower the cost of coverage.

You can get free help applying for coverage.

Visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov/help to enroll or find free, in-person help from a trained navigator or broker near you, or call 1-855-642-8572 (TTY: 1-855-642-8573). To apply for VA health care at any time, visit va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll, call 1-877-222-VETS (8387), or visit your local VA health care facility.